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KRH welcomes new leadership

Kalispell Regional Healthcare recently welcomed new members of the executive leadership team.

Craig Lambrecht, MD, KRH President & CEO

In March, the Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) Board of Trustees announced the selection of Craig Lambrecht, MD, MPH, MBA, MHSA, FACEP, as the system’s new president & chief executive officer.

Dr. Lambrecht received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and completed his emergency medicine residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He later received a Master of Science in Health Services Administration, a Master of Public Health and a Master of Business Administration.

He first assumed a health care leadership role as senior chief medical officer in 2002 with the North Dakota Department of Health. Dr. Lambrecht later served multiple roles at Medcenter One Health System in Bismarck, North Dakota, including emergency department chair, corporate medical director, chief operating officer and president & chief executive officer. He was later selected to lead the region as president of Sanford West, a member of the Sanford Health System, a position he has held since 2012.

Dr. Lambrecht served in a variety of leadership roles during his United States National Guard 30-year tenure, which included three combat missions in Iraq. He is the recipient of numerous awards for exemplary service, including an Army Commendation Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal, the United States Army Legion of Merit Award, the Army Commendation Medal for Support of Iraqi Freedom, the North Dakota National Guard Governor’s Legion of Merit Award and the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, a delegate to the American Hospital Association, a member of the Montana Medical Association, a member of the North Dakota Medical Association, an advisory council member of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and a member of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Michael Onusko, CHC, System Compliance Officer 

In February Michael Onusko, CHC, joined Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) as the new system compliance officer. Onusko’s role is to oversee, maintain and develop the current compliance program at KRH as well as to implement new additions to better comply with both the core values of KRH and government regulations.

One of Onusko’s chief responsibilities will be overseeing the day-to-day management of the organization’s Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA). The CIA allows KRH to demonstrate to the government the organization’s adherence to a robust compliance program.

Onusko has worked in the healthcare industry for 39 years, the last 11 in healthcare operations and compliance. Most recently, he worked for RCCH Healthcare Partners, where he served as the regional director of compliance for the northwest. It was there that he got his first taste of Montana. He spent two years in Missoula at Community Medical Center, a hospital owned by RCCH, serving as their on-site compliance director. Onusko brings an impressive track record to KRH having maintained and implemented numerous strong compliance programs for multiple hospitals over his career.

Onusko’s lengthy career in healthcare began in 1980 in the U.S. Navy. He served as Navy hospital corpsman and was assigned to various U.S. Navy hospitals and clinics. He also performed duties with the Fleet Marine Force as a combat medic. After serving eight years, he retired from active duty to work in emergency medical services in Pennsylvania. However, he remained in the U.S. Navy Reserve until 2008 when he retired fully, capping a 28 year military career.

Karen Anita-Pfaff Paul, Chief Talent and Human Resources Officer

In March, the Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) executive team created a strategic, system-focused, enhanced human resource function to support all KRH staff with the addition of a system chief talent and human resources officer (CHRO) role, reporting directly to the KRH president & CEO. Karen Anita-Pfaff Paul was chosen for that role.

Paul comes to KRH from Kupanua Strategic Consulting where she served as CEO and founding principal. There she served as an organizational psychologist, providing strategic workforce planning, talent strategy, executive coaching, leadership and team development and more to national clients across industries, maintaining significant focus in health care. Prior to that, Paul served various roles at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, including enterprise vice president, human capital strategy as well as vice president, strategy and leadership development at Sanford Health, Bismarck, North Dakota.

With more than 20 years of human resources and employee relations experience, Paul has demonstrated transformational results in both small and large organizations. As KRH’s chief talent & human resources officer, she will be responsible for leading and enhancing the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of human resources system-wide with a major focus on fostering culture, strengthening leadership and building employee engagement.

Craig Boyer, MHA, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Craig Boyer has been selected as the system’s new chief financial officer and will begin in late July. Boyer comes to KRH from Sanford Health where he served as vice president of finance, overseeing the financial management and operations of the Sanford Bemidji region, which includes Sanford Bemidji Clinic, Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, Sanford Bagley Medical Center, and senior living campuses.

Boyer received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting from the University of North Dakota. He received his master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota.

With more than 30 years of financial management experience, Boyer has served in a variety of accounting and finance roles. He started his career at Sanford Health in 1998 as the controller for then North Country Health Services. In 2007 he moved into the chief financial officer role for North Country Health Services. In 2011, North Country Health Services merged with Sanford Health which expanded his role to include the Sanford Bemidji Clinic.

Boyer has served an active role in the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He served on the boards of the Minnesota Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bemidji Area Boys and Girls Club.

Ryan Pitts, RN, Interim Chief Nursing Officer

Ryan Pitts, RN, has been named interim chief nursing officer (CNO). Pitts has been with KRH since 2013 and has worked in a variety of positions across the organization.

He started off as an ER technician before becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in 2014. During that time he worked at Brendan House and as a flight medic for A.L.E.R.T. The following year he became a registered nurse (RN) and was made a charge nurse in the emergency room shortly thereafter. He served in that role up until this past December when he was named the director of the emergency department.

Most of Pitts’s career prior to KRH was spent as a paramedic and fireman. He served as a captain with the Evergreen Fire Department for many years and currently is the director of the paramedic program at Flathead Valley Community College. With such an extensive background in lifesaving services, Pitts has made it abundantly clear that caring for his community is one of his biggest passions. He holds associate degrees in paramedicine and emergency management as well as a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Western Governors University. He is currently working on a master’s degree in nursing as well.